Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani

Contact Information

Room: 3, 1st floor
Tel.: +49 6221 5415292
Email: zarhani@uni-heidelberg.de
Office Hours:

Tuesday 2 pm to 3.30 pm and upon arrangement

https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/zar-wgy-cgf

Please send an email beforehand for an appointment.

Position

Research Fellow

Lecturer in Political Science

Research Interests

Governance

Politics in India

Political Economy: Development and Democracy in South Asia

Islam in South Asia

Islamic Political Thought

Iranian Politics and History

About Seyed Hossein Zarhani

Seyed Hossein Zarhani is a research fellow and lecturer at the Political Science Department of the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University. He is currently pursuing his habilitation with a comparative research project on the political economy in Iran and India.

He has defended his doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Political Science (IPW), Heidelberg University. His doctoral research on "Dynamics of Governance and Development in India: a Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after 1990" was supervised by Professor Subrata K. Mitra and Professor Dietmar Rothermund.

He is a member of the editorial staff at the 'Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics' (HPSACP). He also has several work experiences at different research institutes in Iran.

He studied Political Science at Tehran University (Iran) and Osmania University, Hyderabad (India). He won the Gold medal in the National Olympiad of Persian literature in 1999.

Academic Work Experience

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Fellow) at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (since 2016)

Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (since 2013)

 

Publications

 

Book

  • Governance and Development in India: A Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar After Liberalization, (Routledge: London and New York, 2019, Paperback 2020)

Peer – reviewed articles  

  • With Rahul Mukherji, “Policy paradigms and path dependence: the endogenous roots of institutional displacement and drift in India,” Global Public Policy and Governance, vol. 1, No. 1,(2021), pp. 78-97.(2021). PDF
  • Governing India: Evolution of Programmatic Welfare in Andhra Pradesh” (co- authored with Rahul Mukherji). Studies in Indian PoliticsVol.8, No.1 (2020), pp.7-21.
  • With Rahul Mukherji and K. Raju, “State Capacity and Welfare Politics in India: Implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Undivided Andhra Pradesh”, Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol.12, No. 2 (2018), pp.282–297.

Book chapters  

  • With Rahul Mukherji “India’s Economy”, in Sumit Ganguly and Niel De Votta, ed., Understanding Contemporary India, (Lynne Rienner Publishers: Boulder, Forthcoming 2021).
  • Fatāwā-ye jahāndāri: Hybrid Political Theory in the Delhi Sultanate (Perso-Islamic and Endogenous Traditions of Statecraft in India)”, in Michael Liebig and Saurabh Mishra, eds.,  Arthashastra in a Transcultural Perspective: Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al- Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli,(IDSA/ Pentagon Press: New Delhi, 2017).
  • “Social Networking Websites and Collective Action in the Arab Spring. Case study: Bahrain”, in Maria do Céu Pinto, ed., Thinking Out of the Box: Devising New European Policies to Face the Arab Spring, (Diario de Bordo Editores: Lisboa, 2014).
  • “Empowerment of female Headed Households Case Study: Sedighin Charity in Iran”, in V. Ravindra Sastry and. G. Ram Reddy, eds., Empowerment state, governance and beyond, (Research India Press: New Delhi, 2013).

Book reviews

  • Development after statism: industrial firms and the political economy of South Asia, by Adnan Nasimullah, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics,Vol. 56, No.4 (2020), pp.567-569.

 

Comments and policy papers

  • With Rahul Mukherji and Jai Shankar Prasad, “Can COVID-19 malign the idea of India?”, in the Viral Condition: Identities Virtual Symposium, Identities Journal. Click Here.
  • With Rahul Mukherji, A.S.M. Mostafizur Rahman and Jai Shankar Prasad,“Analysing the Modi Years – Credit and Criticism”, The Wire. Click Here
  • The Lifting of Sanctions on Iran: Implications for India-Iran Economic and Commercial Ties”, ISAS Insights (National University of Singapore), No.311. Click Here

 

Teaching

 

  • Seminar on "Governance and Development in South Asia" (SS 2021) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Party Politics in South Asia" (WS 2020/2021) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Islam, Politics, and Society in South Asia" (SS 2020) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Governance and Development in South Asia" (WS 2019/2020) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Comparative Politics of Regulating Infrastructure and Development in Asia" (SS 2019) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Comparative Politics of South Asian States" (WS 2018/19 ) Heidelberg University
  • Block-Seminar on "An Introduction to India's Foreign Policy since Independence" (WS 2018-19 ) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Islam, Politics, and Society in South Asia" ( SS 2018 ) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Governance and Development in South Asia" (WS 2017/18) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Religion and Politics in Contemporary South Asia" (SS 2017) Heidelberg University
  • Seminar on "Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science " (SS 2017) Heidelberg University (with Dr. Jha)
  • Seminar on "Comparative Politics of South Asian States" (WS 2016/17) Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on "Islamic Political Parties in South Asia," (SS 2016) Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on " Governance and Development in India, State Level, and Beyond " (WS 2015/16) Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on " Islam, Politics, and Society in South Asia " (SS 2015) Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on " Governance and Development in South Asia " (WS2014/15) Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on " Interests, Identities, and Politics: Statehood Movements in India " (SS 2014), Heidelberg University.
  • Seminar on the " Islamic Political Thought in South Asia " (WS 2013/14), Heidelberg University.
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